All the news that’s printed to fit

I’ve seen the above graphic is several places now, and even though I don’t know where it originated I’ll give credit to our friend Joseph Cannon.

The point of the graphic is that us Americans are woefully uninformed (or misinformed) about world affairs. I won’t dispute that conclusion.

My question is whether this is something being done to us, or is it something we do to ourselves?

The US media is like informational fast-food, tasty but not very nutritious. But even before Al Gore invented the Internet it was possible to get international magazines and newspapers, and nowadays all the information you can ask for is just a google away.

So who is really to blame?

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10 Responses to All the news that’s printed to fit

  1. 1539days says:

    Maybe, but who reads Time magazine anymore?

  2. 1539days says:

    I think the cover thing can be misleading. A few issues back had a dumb cover for international and an economic story on the US cover.

    What bothers me more is that the Egypt story isn’t in the US version at all.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I was a long time subscriber to Newsweek and Time until 2008. Got tired of the Obama drool on my covers. Had they only vetted him like they did every other candidate running that year, we’d probably have a real President to kick around now 😀

    • insanelysane says:


      I dropped both those and The Nation. They kept sending me issues for a full 8 months after I quit paying and kept returning their covers back to them with mean notes. Still, they kept sending. LOL pathetic!

      However, the reason Americans are so so badly uninformed is because we like things easy and fast. We are bored in 3 minutes. Give it to us in heaping amounts filled with empty words and we gobble and move on.
      Real information is filled with pesky details.

      That’s too hard.

  4. News, we don’t need no stinking news.

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    I too subscribed to Newsweek and Time until 2008 👿

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